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. >>> and chances are, if not you, then someone close to you is using illicit drugs. illegal drug use is up this year. which ones top the list and why? we'll tell you. >>> good evening, everybody. i'm don lemon. thanks for joining us. she explored witchcraft, once went on a date to a satanic altar and is now a republican nominee for the senate in delaware. it's courtesy of a 1999 clip from bill maher. >> i dabbled into it. i never joined a coven. >> you were a witch? >> i was a witch. >> how were you a witch? >> i dabbled into witchcraft. i hung around people who were doing these things. i'm not making this stuff up. in one of my dates, my first date -- >> i want to hear about -- >> one of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar and i didn't know it. there was little blood there -- >> it was a date? your first date was on a satanic altar? >> yeah, and had a little midnight picnic. >> bill maher showed that clip last night on his newer program. hbo's "real time." o'donnell's canceled two appearance on his sunday talk shows because her campaign says she has obligations in delaware.
with the young man's coach. >>> and chances are, if not you, then someone close to you is using illicit drugs. illegal drug use is up this year. which ones top the list, and why. we'll tell you. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> thanks for joining us. she explored witchcraft. once went on a date to a satanic altar. now she's a nominee in delaware. christine o'donnell, courtesy of a 1999 clip from bill maher and abc's politically incorrect. >> i dabbled in it. i never joined a covenant. >> you were a witch? >> i was a witch. >> how can you be a witch? >> i dabbled in witchcraft. i hung around people who were doing these things. i'm not making this stuff up. i know what they told me they do. >> what do they do? >> on one of my dates -- >> whoa, whoa, whoa. >> one of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar. i didn't know it. there was a little blood there. >> your first date was a satanic altar? and a sacrifice? >> bill maher showed that clip last night on his new program, hbo's realtime. he says he's got more and he's going to keep showing them until o'donnell comes on. she's
this story and joins us now boy phone. thelma, what more have we learned about this church group? >> reporter: fred, i can tell you that one of the women is being questioned by detectives right now about the nature of this group were they in fact, a cult or did they breakaway from a more traditional church to form their own prayer group. here is what we know. the sheriff's department told us it was an absolutely great sunday, he said everyone is okay, no crimes have been committed, despite the fact that there was a huge national manhunt taking place for the five women and eight children and fred, the way that it came to the attention of authorities that they were finding is that apparently, there was somebody here at the park, they recognized the cars and they saw this group of 13 sitting under a tree, on the grass, praying. they immediately called authorities, authorities came out to this park and found that they were fine. and you could imagine, as we roll in, the press, all the sheriff cars, the look of surprise on the faces of this group of people who are sitting on the grass praying. unb
hiker held in iraq, iran, for more than a year has just arrived back in the u.s. >>> also, christine o'donnell cancels. the tea party darling of delaware backs out of two sunday morning interviews. this comes after a video surfaces from a decade ago where she claims she, quote, dabbled in witchcraft. >>> plus, police in california say they are searching for 13 people led by this woman. they say letters left behind suggests they were planning a mass suicide and most of the missing are children. >>> good morning to you all. i'm t.j. holmes, from the cnn center. this is your cnn sunday morning, 8:00 a.m. here in atlanta, 3:00 p.m. in baghdad, where we do have breaking news we want to get right to. arwa damon is live there for us. arwa, hello once again. we have a pair of blasts that have killed at least 29 people there. tell us what happened. >> reporter: that's right, t.j. one of those explosions happened when a mini bus detonated in front of a cell phone shop. the other explosion taking place at a fairly busy intersection. them happening within a few minutes of one another, at around 10
victim on this. >> out of time. liz, thank you. >> bye-bye. >> that does it for us. i'm eric shawn in new york. america's news headquarters is coming up. >> i'm jamie colby. have a great day, everybody. thank you for being with us. thank you for being with us. >> take care. captioned by closed captioning services, inc >> shannon: political showdown. game-changer in alaska. after losing the g.o.p. primary, senator lisa murkowski mounts a write-in bid to keep her seat in washington. we'll get reaction from the republican nominee and tea party favorite, joe miller. >>> back home, sarah shourd, an american woman released from iran after more than a year in detention is back in the u.s. today. we'll have a live report. hurricane igor, big waves pound bermuda beaches as the islanders rush to board up windows, fill sandbag and stock up on water and food and supplies. all of this as word the b.p. oil spill is finally oil over to. i'm shannon bream. america's news headquarters from the nation's capitol starts right now. alaska senator lisa murkowski is defending her decision to continue cam
and eagerness to come to washington and change washington by new candidates is so useful. >> and remember, the republican revolution in 1994, so he knows how this works. >> yeah, he said lisa murkowski out there in alaska who is running the write-in campaign. he said she essentially is cheating by starting the write-in campaign and makes no secret he wants the ground zero mosque moved, it's not about religious liberty and he says that christine o'donnell will win in delaware. that's his prediction. >> bold predictions. >> that's a big one. >> in the meantime, here are your headlines at this hour. we're about to show you new video from baghdad this morning, iraqis walk up to a pair of deadly car bombs and the explosion torched two different neighborhoods there. 20 people killed. dozens wounded and almost simultaneous blast broke what's been a period of relative calm. >> afghans have to decide whether to accept the beginning of this election, despite modest turnout and evidence of fraud. kept many away from the polls. final results are not expected until late next month. you may remember th
in new york within the next couple of hours. our susan candiotti is in new york for us. susan, good morning to you. it seems sarah already has an itinerary set for her when she gets back. >> reporter: oh, that's right. she'll be busy with a news conference, or at least reading from a prepared statement when she gets back. of course, we're all looking forward to hearing that. you know, t.j., you can certainly be sure this will be a day of mixed emotions for sarah shourd. of course, she will be thrilled to be setting foot on u.s. soil for the first time in more than 13 months, but after all, she is leaving behind her two friends, including her fiance, shane bauer, to whom she became engaged while she was in prison in iran, as well as her other friend josh fattal. of course, they were released from iran and arrived in oman earlier this week. on tuesday she was met which her mom and her uncle at the time. and this followed secret negotiations that took place. our senior correspondent nic robertson has learned they began about eight months ago, and at first, he said, he learned from oman
in u.s. history, word tonight the blownout well is finally sealed. back on shore, the american woman jailed in iran more than a year is finally home and declaring her innocence. shourd meeting with reporters earlier today in manhattan. calling for the release of her two companions who remain in prison in iran. the 32-year-old accused of espionage insists she and her friends are not spies. >> my hope is that by learning who we are and how we came to be in this diverse and fascinating region of the world, directly from my lips, it will help clear up any doubt and end shane and josh's detention. >> shourd was freed last tuesday after officials in oman, an ally of course of both iran and the u.s., mediated a $500,000 bail. we don't know who posted that bail and peter doocy in the studio with the latest, hi there, peter. >> after 400 days in iran's prison, sar shourd is back in the united states. she expressed sincere thanks to the religious leaders of iran and no details how she was treated in jail and said at that prison left her spirit bruised, but not broken and fiance and friends wer
. at least 29 people died. another 110 wounded. i want to thank you, as always, for being with us here on this cnn sunday morning. now time for me to hand it over to candy crowley and "state of the union." >>> the last acts of the primary season ended with an explosion in delaware's republican senate race. >> oh, my gosh. >> christine o'donnell, the favorite of tea party activists beat establishment candidate, congressman mike castle. and the decision by alaska senator lisa murkowski to fight back against the tea party candidate who won the primary. inside the republican party, the chatter of civil war. among democrats, the feeling that there's an opportunity here. >>> today, democrats look for an opening in the republican party divide. exclusive interviews with alaska senator lisa murkowski and tim kaine, chairman of the democratic national committee. >> they're chasing after moderate candidates and hence they're moderate voters. >>> also this morning, tea party kingmaker, senator jim demint. >> they're madder at the democrats than they are at the republicans right now. >>> i'm candy
you, governor palin, for you endorsement. because she got behind -- she got behind us weary folks and gave us a boost of encouragement when we needed it and she was a vote against the politics of personal distraction. >> let's take a look at the national map to get a sense of how wide the power is. i think, of sarah palin. we got a map like in the election time. look at those greens. there's the primary picks and the green spots are where she picked a winner coast to coast. richard wolfe, that adds up to almost 50 candidates she had a big hand in helping out. when they lose, they can be even better help because they got nothing to do than help you. it's sometimes smarter. we're going to talk about jimmy carter later. he built a campaign by backing people that lost races. >> endorsements, old-style politics. in this new world, she can help raise money. she's mobilizing votes. the shocking thing is how much the republican party has failed to get republicans out to vote. >> turn out in delaware was great. >> the republican base is turning out with surges now. who established the best
. >>> cal grad sarah shoark back in the u.s. after more than a year in iranian prison. what she plans to do the moment she reaches new york. >> mostly i will miss your laughter. >> a mothers anguish over the loss of daughter. how friends and family remembered one of the young victims of the san bruno pipe explosion. >>> san bruno, the first toll lane that doesn't cross a bridge. >>> 7:30 a.m. the 19th of september. good morning i am julie watts. >> i am phil matier. we have a lot of news and talk to cover in the next hour. we are in the final month before the november elections and across the board. there is no clear front runners. we will talk about what both parties are going to need to do if they want to win this election. >>> plus later in the wake ofanti muslim sentiment a chance to show a different side. >>> and how health leaders in one bay area county are fighting back against an outbreak of whooping cough. >>> we will get to that in just a moment first leading the news this morning friends and family bid a fond farewell to one of the youngest victims of the san bruno pipeline explo
-like group. nbc's kristen welker has been following the developments and joins us from los angeles. kristen,ood morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, lester. authorities say five adults and eight children are missing. the kids range in age from 3 to 17 years old. officials believe they may be immigrants from el salvador. investigators lookedn palmdale. family members reported them missing saturday afternoon and expressed concern because they discovered personal belongings and disturbing letters in a purse one of the cult members left behind. >> they left behind notes saying that they were going to go visit their deceased relatives, that they were going to go meet jesus, notes that indicated that they wanted to go to the next life. no words such as "suicide" or "taking our own life" were used at all, but the indications seem that may be a possibility. >> reporter: ahorities also found cell phones in that purse. authorities released a picture -- this picture of the woman they believe is the leader of the group. her name is reyna chicas. they may have started out as members of the same ch
to be addressed right now. at about 1:45 yesterday, they were reported missing by two gentlemen, and they told us that their wives, one of their wives especially may, in fact, be under the influence of this cult-like group leader and they were concerned. we are right now searching. it is palmdale, in northern los angeles county. a massive geographic challenge. we have people on horseback, in the air. major crimes bureau tracking down leads. >> i think we're looking at the image of one of the people who reportedly is with this group based on what you say, a family's description, saying they were a little concerned that she and others may be in trouble? >> yes, that's true. they came and said that they may be under the influence of this cult-like group leader and may be problems ahead. >> okay, so, steve, i'm wondering too, this group reportedly was in a prayer meeting earlier yesterday morning, correct? and from there, they, what? got into a couple of vans and took off? where were these notes located that you're speaking of? >> they were in a purse. a large container purse that one of the -- the h
? >>> scientists trying to see if the fractured rig behind the worst oil spill in u.s. history is sealed for good. >>> heading home. the hiker released from iran is about to land on american soil for the first time since her long ordeal began. good morning everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to msnbc sunday. we're talking about bermuda which is bracing for hurricane igor. the category one storm is expected to strike the island later today but already as you can see right there the big waves are pounding bermuda's beaches while islanders rush to board up windows and prep for the storm. let's get more details from the weather channel's jeff morrow. it's a busy time in bermuda. good morning. >> good morning, alex. yeah, they had better have those windows and doors boarded up by now because alex is on the door step. as you can see, here is the center of this hurricane igor and there is bermuda and it's not that far away. we're within about 12 hours or so of this thing passing almost directly over or very close to bermuda. now the good news here, alex, is that the winds are down to 85 miles an hour so it
in thursday's u.s. senate republican primary in delaware. she now faces the general election 40 days from now. o'donnell is single, 42 years old with a background in public relations. previously she sought the republican nomination for u.s. senate during the 2006 primaries. four years ago. and she lost. in 2008, two years ago, she gained the uncontested republican nomination for the u.s. senate in the general election, challenging city senator joe biden. biden won by 457,000 to o'donnell's 140,000. biden outspent o'donnell $4.9 million, to o'donnell's $116,000. nearly 32 times 2 times bigger o'donnell's budget. her opponent for the 2010 republican primary for the u.s. senate was michael castle, a nine-and former two-term governor of delaware. >> don't ever understint the power of we, the people. >> two months ago she had no money, no campaign, and many believed in no chance. with a 23% approval rating, she looked like a long shot against the household name of michael castle. but the palin endorsement led to a $600,000 pledge to the o'donnell campaign by the tea party. even after her victory,
upset in the first state. delaware voters pick a tea party favorite to run for the u.s. senate. will the media use that win to incite discontent. panning his tan, and picking apart a high ranking republican. was this a journalistic effort for an interference run for the white house? the pope makes a historic visit to the u.k., greeting the people and meeting the queen. was the coverage just as cordial, and the ground zero mosque and controversial imam stay in the news. why are most in the media crying islam-phobia, a brouhaha in sports journalism when an azteca tv reporter goes all atwitter. on the panel. judy miller. conservative columnist, andrea ta this. taros, jim hen ken, jim pinkerton. i'm jon scott, news watch is on right now. >> a lot of people have already said that we can't win the general election. it is the same-- yes, we can. [laughter] >> yes, we can, yes, we can. >> it is those same so-called experts who said we have no chance of winning the primary. it will be hard work, but we can win and if those same people who fought against me work just as hard for me, we
merit. >> i would like to get back to the word that phil used which is charisma and obama's charisma. that seems to me is what a lot of these tea party candidates have. that have this charismatic way about them. 'donnell, really very perky. >> let's explain. >> choose from delaware. she won the republican primary. very perky, very personable. a lot of the things that attract people to sarah palin are attracted to christine o'donnell in that way could you have ren paul has charisma of his own in kentucky. he is very plain-spoken. he's very sort of forthright. he seems very genuine to people. that is very charismatic. that is something that i think democrats are going to have to look at. they talk about the energy. >> people feel they want somebody on a horse riding up to the west to the south in the >> exactly. these people seem to be on a horse. the horse the what the right is what they feel is a horse against the president's social democratic policies. they do not like them. they do not want them. the democrats have to point out why these social democratic policies are good for the
of us on the day as, you are free to wander back and get coffee. i want to thank everyone. we had a long and productive day yesterday. let me do a little housekeeping in terms of the schedule. we are supposed to have a series of three votes beginning at 11:00. so it is my intention to go without a break until those votes are called. wait until five minutes or 10 minutes into the first vote and adjourned until approximately 11:40 so everyone will have an opportunity to cast votes and we do not have to run back and forth. as soon as the third vote is cast, i will ask you to come back quickly so we can get in an hour between 11:40 and 12:40. then we will break for lunch and resume at 2:30. it is my intention to stay as late, almost as late as we did yesterday and hopefully we can get a lot more done. there was an objection yesterday come at a -- a motion by the house to admit into evidence that was 302. we have visited with our counsel and senator hatch and i have visited about it. the inclination is to not admit the 300 to as evidence for the same reasons we did not grand jury testimony in
are not finishing high school. we have to invest in education. we should use the dream act as one way to do it. whether it should be part of the defense bill or not is something -- >> those on the campaign trail are already talking about immigration in a rather hard-line way. former governor romney speaking about it at that values' voter summit, talking about it recently. >> we have serious enemies and growing threats around the world. unfortunately, we have an administration whose idea of a rogue state is arizona. >> and what's happening in arizona is something that's animating the republicans right now. >> the american people want their borders to be protected. there's nothing wrong with that. there's nothing wrong with making sure that people come across our borders, particularly our southern border, in a legal, safe manner. at the same time, we have millions and millions of illegal immigrants in our country, undocumented individuals, who are working, who are doing things we need done in this country. they're all over my house, doing things whenever i call for repairs and i'm sure you've se
. >> they call us wacky. they call us wing nuts. >> delaware republican party chairman tom ross joins george will, peter beinart of "the daily beast" and david sanger of "the new york times" to analyze what the tea party means to the republican party and their chances at the midterms in november. all of this on our roundtable and "the sunday funnies." >> the democrats are already attacking o'donnell. they're calling her the sarah palin of the east and i'm like really. she's an emotionally unstable woman from delaware. that's not sarah palin. that's joe biden. >>> standing here outside the walls to jerusalem's old city, we witnessed some intense negotiations between israeli and palestinian leaders who have got down to the core issues, for instance, security and settlements, issues that have eluded their predecessors for more than 60 years. but looming over these talks is a deadline at the end of this month. israel's self-imposed moratorium on building settlements. now, publicly the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu says that israel cannot extend the moratorium. president abbas of the pales
, governor -- thank you, mr. chairman, for joining us. i want to start out talking about health care reform. you think democrats should be out there bragging about it. so what do you make of the democrats who are putting out those ads, bragging that they voted against it? >> well, candy, i travel all over the country. i guess i've been in about 42 states. and most democrats i see on the trail are very proud of the accomplishment and they're talking about it. but you're right, some, particularly house members in districts that, you know, can often get gerrymandered and become tough districts are distancing themselves from the health care bill. i don't tell people how to run their races, but i've been on a ballot seven times and won seven races, and in my experience, you ought to be proud of what you're doing and promote the accomplishments. now, obviously, folks who voted against health care, they're going to talk about why. but i think for the democratic party, generally, this significant achievement for the uninsured, for people who have been abused by insurance company policies, for small
government to a standstill? hi, i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today, nbc's chad todd, cnn's gloria borger, nbc's kelly o'donnell and the "chicago tribune's" clarence page. any establishment power this year is a force to behold and republicans who want to beat barack obama next time are studying up. anyone who wants the g.o.p. nomination has to get the tea party force without being a crackpot himself or herself. when richard nixon brought in the goldwater party, it was different. most disappointed right-wingers had lost in 1964. same thing when jimmy carter brought in the mcgovern crowd in 1976. they were in no position to put up a fight. not so the tea party. they'll be coming off a big win and on a roll. listen to minnesota governor tim plenty, not a tea party guy, trying to signed one. >> the federal government is a drug dealer trying to give out free samples, give people a free taste, get them addicted. and get your own house in order, by the way. chris: they're all trying to act the part, trying to be tea party types. will this work, the establishment-types echoing lik
is back on u.s. soil this morning. shourd's companions including her fiance are still being held in iran. the three were detained in july, 2009, along the iran-iraq border. nbc's bureau chief is uniquely here in studio with us. good day. glad to have you. >> reporter: good morning, alex. >> what is the latest you're hear being sarah shourd's arrival in the u.s.? >> reporter: she is back. she was meant to get a direct flight from oman to new york, but apparently all these flights were backed up because of the u.n. general assembly in new york. she had to go via washington. her spokesman was quick to point out that this had nothing to do with the debrief or anything in washington. and she's due in new york a little later today where she is going to give a press conference at about 3:00 local time. >> okay. that means she's got five hours to travel here and get settled in. do you have any idea what she is going to say? particularly based on what she has said? she's been very careful with what she has said so far. >> reporter: and i think she's going to continue being very careful. i'm sure
'donnell the surprise winner in the delaware senate primary. well, she canceled on us yesterday. she said she had scheduling conflicts and couldn't be here. we're going to have more on that later and we're going to play the tape that began making the rounds friday night in which she said she once dabble in witch craft. i'm serious. first to former president bill clinton. mr. president, thank you for coming. welcome to the broadcast. this week you're bringing together business leaders, world leaders, thinkers from 90 countries. i think the last i heard 40 sitting presidents and prime ministers from around the world all getting together to talk about your clinton global initiative the most serious problems facing the world and how we can take action against them. you've had some remarkable successes with this over the years. let me just ask you first, what do you think you'll be concentrating on this year? >> well, this year we'll be focusing a lot on the economic challenges facing people all around the world including in the united states. and what, if anything, the private people who come here an
convenience. next time use fedex office. >>> this week on "the journal editorial report" a stunning upset in delaware has some democrats celebrating but is that uprising now headed for them? and it's democrat versus democrat on capitol hill. more of the rank and file break with party leaders over plans to raise taxes on upper income z unions are howling after new jersey's governor unveils his plan to save a system that is holding $46 million in the red. welcome to the "journal editorial report". tea party candidate christine o'donnell's stunning victory tuesday over long-time republican congressman mike castle has many on the left celebrating and crowing about a republican civil war. democrats may keep that senate seat as a result. but is the wave of voter anger that swept castle out now headed towards them? joining the panel this week, "wall street journal" columnist dan henninger, kim strosel and senior economics writer, steve moore. i got an e mail from john kerry, a mass democratic e mail doing cart wheels on my computer screen celebrating this result in dell. should they be that happ
-like group. kristen welker joins from us los angeles. >> authorities say five adults and eight children are missing. the kids range in age from 3 to 17 years old. officials believe they may be immigrants from el salvador. they are in palmdale, an hour north of los angeles. family members reported the people missing saturday afternoon and expressed concern because they found personal belongings in a purse that one of the cult members left behind. >> they left behind notes saying they were going to visit their deceased relatives and meet jesus. notes that indicated that they wanted to go to the next life. no words such as suicide or taking our own life were used at all. but the indications seem that that may be a possibility. >> authorities also found cell no one's that purse. authorities have released a picture, this picture of the woman they believe is the leader of the group. her name is reyna chicas. >> have authorities said whether this group exhibited any signs of this in the past? >> it's reported six months ago they were heading to a rocky outdoors area to wait for an earthquake o
and christine o'donnell cancelled on us and another sunday show, her campaign citing exhaustion. she says it was overbooking. and now, as you probably know, a tape is floating around of her in 1999, saying she dabbled in the witchcraft and that will not help either of those, is it? >> look, if you say things like not paying your federal income tax and getting slapped with a lien is unfactual you are taking the perspective of, i'll ignore these and that is a legitimate strategy. it depends upon getting a you know -- depending on the wave of animosity towards president obama, in order the get elected. i think she made a smart decision by not getting on the sunday shows this week and shouldn't have accepted in the first place, but, she needs to talk to the people of delaware. it is delaware voters, not conservatives around the country who will determine her, the outcome of the election, delaware voters will determine it. and there is as i say resistance. when she wins a stunning upset and incidentally i didn't predict she wouldn't win but won a stunning upset and this is the moment when she
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financial protection bureau. thank you for joining us. i am in for gordon peterson who is off this week. we'll start with the primary elections topped by the christine o'donnell victory over mike castle for the senate nomination in delaware. she won with the backing of sarah palin and the south carolina governor and rush limbaugh and sean hannity. how do you feel three days later? >> all buckley always said to support the most right-wing candidate that is a delectable. i think they broke that rule and it could cost republicans control of the senate. >> it looks like we have this anger we have been talking about and this looks like a temper tantrum that ran amok. there have been some tea party candidates that have been nominated and have sent a message and made a statement and can win and compete in the fall. in this case, she was going to have to run against the democratic party and much of the republican party as well. >> in addition to the buckley rule, ronald reagan also had an 11th commandment which is not talk badly of another republican in public. they have a lot to say about christin
tuesday, the arab nation an ally of both the u.s. and iran, mediating the half million dollar bail that was part of her release. it may have saved her life. her morclaims shourd has a lump on her breast and precancerous cervical cells but she laefdz behind the men she was arrested with last year, her fiance shane bauer and their friend josh fattal, all three aciewldzed of spying in july of 2009 after iran claimed they crossed the border. >> these two young men have been held without cause now... >> reporter: secretary of state hillary rodham clinton says she's continuing diplomat negotiations for their freedom through third parties. >> it would be a very significant humanitarian gesture for the iranians to release th them. >> reporter: but on iranian tv, president mahmoud ahmadinejad called on america to offer the olive branch. he wants the release of 11 iranians he claims are being held captive by the u.s. shourd made no mention of her yearlong ordeal inside tehran's notorious evin prison. she chose, instead, to talk about the future. >> it would be a pleasure to return to oman, a
sensitive way possible. christine o'donnell canceled on us and another sunday show and her campaign citing exhaustion, saying it's overbooking. now you probably know of a day floating around of her in 1999 saying she dabbled in witchcraft. i mean, that's not going to help either of those, is it? >> well, look, if you say that things like not paying your federal income tax and getting slapped with a lien is unfactual, you're taking of the perspective, i'm going to ignore these. that is a legitimate campaign strategy. it depends on getting -- you know, depending on this wave of animosity toward president obama to get elected. i frankly think she made a smart decision not getting on the sunday shows this week. she shouldn't have accepted in the first place. she needs to talk to the people of delaware. it's delaware voters. it's not conservatives around the country is going to determine the outcome of this election. it will be delaware voters who determine it. there is as i say, resistance. when this woman wins a stunning upset. incidently, i didn't predict she wouldn't win. she won a stunning
party movement she represents? joining us now here in washington, craig crawford, columnist for "congressional quarterly." in new york john avlon, senior political columnist for the daily beast and a cnn contributor. and in san francisco debra saunders, columnist for the "san francisco chronicle" who also blogs at token conservative. john avlon, christine o'donnell has a checkered history no, question about that, but is the press piling on now? >> no. i think they're doing their due diligence after the fact, though. and that's part of the problem. a lot of conservative magazines, "weekly standard, "reason," "even "national review" tried in the late innings of this primary campaign to start raising very legitimate questions about her fitness for office, her qualifications, her honesty. that's what we're supposed to do, is hold political figures accountable and to try to be the honest brokers here. the problem is it came very late and now it's all happening after the fact. she has the nomination. and of course the gop's very nervous about what that means. and the fact that she
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